Exploring Mekong Delta on L’Amant Cruise in Style 3 days
The inspiration for creating L’amant Cruise came from the “Golden Age”, an era of the early 20th century, so often depicted by famous authors, such as Marguerite Duras who spent her early childhood in Sa Dec City in the midst of the Mekong Delta, and whose writings were evoked by the sophistication of the past.
Once on board, L’Amant classic 1930’s style will enchant you by its traditional decoration with carved wood and lustrous brass, as well as the refined and discreetly modern comfort, for an unequaled cruising experience. Along with this unique journey, you will discover the daily life of the river bank inhabitants of the largest river of South East Asia, where farming is the means of livelihood of millions of people. You will also uncover areas renowned for their rich water resources and natural coastlines, where pirates, now peaceful fishermen, used to reign in terror for centuries.
- Depart every Monday – Wednesday – Friday from Ho Chi Minh City.
- Private pick-up & drop-off services.
- Private transfer Ho Chi Minh city – My Tho – Ho Chi Minh city.
- Private transfer from Saigon to the port of embarkation in My Tho and return.
- Accommodation in single/double cabin with full board meals as mentioned on the program (breakfast/lunch/dinner).
- English or French speaking guide (other languages on request with supplement)
- All visits and excursions mentioned.
- Passenger, Crew and Boat Insurances
- Port dues & Government tax VAT at 10%.
- Entry visa to Vietnam and Cambodia
- International flights and airport taxes.
- Travel insurance
- Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program.
Day 1: SAIGON/ MY THO/CAI BE / VINH LONG (L/D)
This morning you will be met at 8.00 am by your driver to begin your journey south into the heart of the Mekong Delta. On arrival, embark on board L'AMANT and enjoy a delectable lunch and get acquainted with the crew, while the vessel starts its way to Vinh Long. In the early afternoon, embark on a local sampan boat to sail through Cai Be's floating market and taking the rowing boat, journey through the numerous arroyos and be captivated by the serenity of the Mekong Delta. Visit an ancient colonial house and a rice popcorn factory and taste the local specialties. Return on board L'AMANT and depart to Vinh Long while watching the sunset from the sundeck.
Early evening, the boat will anchor near Vinh Long (after My Thuan Bridge) for overnight. Dinner on board followed by the projection of the film “L'Amant” or “Indochine”. Overnight on board of L'AMANT.
Day 2: VINH LONG / SA DEC (B/L/D)
After breakfast, the boat heads towards Sa Dec. Upon arrival, time to check-out before getting on a local boat to reach Sa Dec city, the old-fashioned town, famous for its flowers and bonsai plants, and where the French Writer Marguerite Duras spent her childhood. Stop to visit the ancient house of Huynh Thuy Le, the “house of the Chinese” described in Marguerite Duras novel L'AMANT, before heading to a Chinese temple and stopping at the tomb of L'AMANT. Finally, pass-by the school where Marguerite's mother has taught as well as the house where she used to live with her children.
On the way back, stroll through the lively market streets of this fascinating town.
Return on board to enjoy the buffet lunch. After that, the crew will serve foot massage (1hour) and nails treatment, while other guests visit Sa Dec.
Note: The school is closed during Tet (Vietnamese New Year festival) and other public holidays.
Day 3: CAI BE / MY THO/SAIGON (B)
The boat heads towards My Tho while breakfast is being served. Upon arrival, it's time to check-out before getting on a local boat for a cruise along islets and tropical orchards. Cruise through the canal of Xep and reach a small island where a horse-drawn cart will wait for you. Enjoy a tour through the island and discover small villages. Stop en route to taste tropical fruits and visit a bee farm then continue on a rowboat through the narrow, tree-lined canals of the River. Visit handicraft villages, a coconut candy factory before returning on shore.
The visit ends at around 11h00, Pick up at My Tho and head back to Ho Chi Minh City by our coach. End of our services!
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